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Chief Financial Officer

Kutak Rock, a US law firm with 500+ attorneys and 19 locations coast to coast, has an exciting full-time employment opportunity for a Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Kutak Rock offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, opportunities for training and career development and a culture that lives its values of client service, inclusiveness and diversity, integrity and fairness, and innovation.

JOB SUMMARY

The primary responsibilities of the CFO are to direct the firm’s financial functions and maximize financial performance according to the firm’s overall business and strategic objectives. The CFO will work closely with the Office of the Chair and other operational leaders and interface regularly with the Executive Committee and other management committees.

The CFO is the lead professional within the Firm’s Accounting & Finance Department, providing counsel, leadership, training, support, feedback, and encouragement to department personnel. The firm encourages creative thinking and fresh ideas. The CFO can expect to work closely and collaboratively with other firm leaders. Kutak Rock is possessed of a staff of experienced accounting and finance professionals who we expect to work collaboratively with the selected candidate to ensure an efficient period of orientation and integration. The Firm has a long history of financial stability and conservative financial management, and the CFO is central to the maintenance of those traditions.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide executive leadership and direction to the firm’s financial operations, including accounting, expense control, financial planning and analysis, banking relationships, payroll, audit, tax, cash management, accounts payable, billings, client trust accounts, accounts receivable and collections.
  • Work closely with firm leadership to develop and manage budgets and provide counsel and advice regarding financial issues impacting the budgets.
  • Work with the Office of the Chair and other firm leadership to prepare financial presentations and reports to attorneys and committees and participate in the development of operating plans and procedures.
  • Support the development of and ensure that all established accounting and financial policies, regulations, processes, and agreements are complied with and appropriately documented.
  • Provide sound and strong financial advice to support firm stability, liquidity, and growth.
  • Implement appropriate financial reporting tools and metrics, develop and maintain financial analysis and support services, and recommend organizational and operational improvements based on data analysis.
  • Identify and implement cost control initiatives and ensure appropriate accounting controls are in place.
  • Monitor and manage the accounting for office leases and subleases, review and analyze financial impact of new or renewal leases or subleases, and analyze the impact of significant leasehold improvements.
  • Monitor and manage the accounting for the Firm’s ownership of its Omaha office property and review and analyze financial impact of capital improvements.
  • Provide financial analysis in support of lateral attorney hires and assist with integration and transition of financial operations and data.
  • Oversee maintenance of books and records in accordance with the basis of accounting used for partnership income tax purposes. Monitor current trends and best practices in accounting and financial reporting, including an understanding of GAAP and other regulatory agency rules and guidelines. Communicate the impact of new developments and regulations and make appropriate recommendations for action.
  • Work with the firm’s internal counsel and firm leadership on professional liability, employment and client security matters and assist with the firm’s professional liability and cyber risk liability insurance renewal. Responsible for the renewal of the firm’s general liability, workers’ compensation, property, fiduciary, business interruption and other lines of insurance as needed, obtain certificates of insurance and file claims.
  • Oversee firm wide payroll services, 401(k) profit sharing contributions and proper taxation of various fringe benefits.
  • Oversee partner monthly distributions, quarterly tax distributions and year-end distributions, capital contributions, profit sharing contributions, nonresident composite state tax estimates and year-end tax information, including K-1s and state tax affidavits.
  • Oversee the firm’s independent review, auditing and tax services and provide annual financial report to the partners.
  • Manage client and accounting and financial reporting systems and processes.
  • Manage Audit Letter procedures and processes and provide support to the Audit Letter Committee.
  • Manage, mentor, and develop finance and accounting staff and direct training and development to ensure that all financial resources are in alignment with organization needs.
  • Participate in building a culture that is team-oriented, committed to professional excellence, and ensures a high level of customer service.

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Member of the firm’s 401k Profit Sharing Advisory Committee
  • Member of the firm’s Benefits Advisory Committee
  • Treasurer for the Robert J. Kutak Foundation
  • Manager for the Omaha Building Investment Company and other related entities

Required Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to handle confidential matters with discretion
  • Ability to lead and direct the work of others
  • Possess excellent leadership skills
  • Ability to rely on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals
  • Innovative and creative thinking
  • High degree of accuracy
  • Excellent analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • High level of understanding of all financial matters
  • Ability to identify trends and detect problems
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work in a team‑oriented environment
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to interact with clients, vendors, attorneys and staff

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance
  • Master’s degree in Business, with an accounting and finance emphasis is a plus
  • Certified Public Accountant designation a strong plus

Experience

  • Ideal candidate has a CPA or MBA with at least 10+ years of accounting/finance experience and 5+ years of related leadership experience as a CFO or similar role
  • Experience with accounting systems and automated computer applications (such as Aderant)
  • Experience as a financial leader in a law firm or professional services firm is a plus
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite of software

Kutak Rock requires all prospective employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to a state or local exemption procedure, or a reasonable accommodation for a bona fide medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief if accommodation does not cause Kutak Rock an undue hardship or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others in the workplace and/or to the candidate who requested the accommodation.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

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Kutak Rock LLP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse working environment and to principles that promote inclusive practices. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, domestic partner status, pregnancy, caregiver status, gender stereotyping, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, AIDS/HIV status, handicap or disability, or status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran, or any other legally protected category. The firm will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Applicants requiring accommodation in the job application process should contact the Human Resources Department at 402-346-6000 or by emailing HRDepartment@KutakRock.com.